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Leaders to present master plan for Spencer Woods at January event

SPENCER — The town of Spencer and the LandTrust for Central North Carolina are co-hosting a presentation of the Spencer Woods Master Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 3 at Town Hall, 600 S. Salisbury Ave.
The event is free and open to all members of the public.
Spencer Woods, also known as the Fred Stanback Educational Forest & Preserve, is the 42-acre forest bound by Rowan Avenue, Salisbury Avenue and 17th Street in Spencer. The LandTrust has been working with the Spencer community for the last year on plans to develop the property into a passive nature preserve.
The master plan was developed based on community feedback by Site Solutions, a landscape architecture and site planning firm, and approved by the Spencer Board of Alderman at their December meeting. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss implementation of the plan for improving public access and applying for grant funding from the North Carolina Parks & Recreation Trust Fund.  
“Over the past year, the support and momentum for the Spencer Woods project has increased exponentially, thanks in large part to the tremendous support from the Spencer Alderman and the community itself,” LandTrust Executive Director Jason Walser said. “The master plan presentation is an important part of the grant process for the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, but it is also a way for the public to see how their feedback will be translated into a facility that the community will be proud of and enjoy for generations.”
Also, from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 1, the Spencer Woods Trail Committee is hosting a work day on the Spencer Woods property. All are welcome. Meet on Rowan Avenue near the north end of the property.
Some tools will be provided but bring shovels, rakes, mattocks, bow saws, etc. if available. Committee chairman Bob Pendergrass will be the coordinator for the work day.
To learn more, email Bob.Pendergrass@rowancountync.gov or call 704-787-1631.

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